Adele Adkins, a British vocalist, has come under intense criticism on social media over her Notting Hill Carnival outfit and hairstyle.
In the early hours of Monday, the multi-award winner had taken to her Instagram page to share a photo wherein she posed in a bikini bearing the Jamaican flag and bantu knots, a traditional African hairstyle.
“Happy what would be Notting Hill Carnival my beloved London,” the ‘Hello’ crooner wrote, alongside the picture that was apparently taken at last year’s event.
The 32-year-old Grammy winner — who was looking slim in the photo — was celebrating London’s ‘Notting Hill Carnival’, an annual event held between August 30 and 31, in the streets of west London, UK.
The event was held virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Adele’s appearance has, however, stirred the pot of never-ending arguments on social media platforms, especially Twitter, where some users quickly accused her of cultural appropriation for the hairstyle and outfit.
“If 2020 couldn’t get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for. This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic. Hate to see it,” a user wrote.
“Dear American woke folks, you cannot have this on your head and be shouting cultural appropriation because Adele chooses to wear bantu knots,” another user wrote.
Here’s what some users had to say:
Dear American woke folks, you cannot have this on your head and be shouting cultural appropriation because Adele chooses to wear bantu knots… pic.twitter.com/CDFR7FRH5S
— Fola Folayan (@TheFavoredWoman) August 31, 2020
If 2020 couldn't get anymore bizarre, Adele is giving us Bantu knots and cultural appropriation that nobody asked for.
This officially marks all of the top white women in pop as problematic.
Hate to see it. pic.twitter.com/N9CqPqh7GX
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) August 30, 2020
Is this Adele or Katy Perry?! Please tell me it’s not Adele. pic.twitter.com/p8suxFGqnn
— Yesika Salgado (@YesikaStarr) August 30, 2020
Still trying to understand how this debate debate about Adele's hairstyle benefits future generations of "black people" around the world.
And can Black Americans stop forcing other black people around the world to view "race" through the Black American perspective? 🤦🤦
— Kelvin Odanz (@MrOdanz) August 31, 2020
Sometimes the Black Americans get outraged over nothing. There’s nothing wrong with Adele wearing a Jamaican-flag bikini top & African Bantu Knots on her head.
Africans love it. Jamaicans love it. So why are the AA pressed?
Who made them the spokespeople for the black culture?
— Tunde ➐ (@Tunnykvng) August 31, 2020
These Adele reggae jokes are killing me
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) August 31, 2020
Anyone who has ever been to carnival will know that this is how nearly every woman there dresses. Carnival is about celebrating a culture.This pic of #Adele is nothing more than that.Stop trying to cancel everyone when all they are doing is cultural appreciation not appropriation pic.twitter.com/PE8RMQWGB6
— Mr C (@theswampzombie) August 31, 2020
Reading tweets about Adele, it's so strange seeing lots of non-Jamaicans trying to cancel Adele, while I see lots of Jamaicans actually praising her 4 showing appreciation to their culture. Maybe we should let people decide 4 themselves whether they think something is ok or not? pic.twitter.com/BrXA166zoz
— 🌴🦎Oliver Heldens 🐨🕺🏻 (@OliverHeldens) August 31, 2020
Respect Shall Always Be On Adele’s Name.
— VIDDAL. (@IsitRIL) August 31, 2020
Lmao keep dreaming if you think anyone is cancelling Adele. Pls pls.
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) August 31, 2020
Dear Black Americans, y’all are not the the spokesmen for the black race, ethnically, Adele outfit and hairstyle is none of your business…pay attention to the shitt y’all got going on in the US #Adele 🇯🇲 pic.twitter.com/LryoKcfsDy
— 🍉乙ㄖ乇 🥥🇯🇲🌴 (@moonfuckedd) August 31, 2020
Black Americans trying to Cancel Adele for making an African Hair style and wearing A Jamaican flag will forever be funny
While Africans are praising her and Jamaicans are happy she did.
These Black Americans are really starting to be bitter bullies
— Trincão 🦊 (@badniggafela) August 31, 2020
Black brits and Jamaicans are pushing back hard at attempts by ADOS people to shame Adele.
Love the resistance to mental colonization. ‘America’ is not a synonym for ‘the world’. 🙂
— Ose Anenih (@ose_anenih) August 31, 2020
I love Adele but using katy as a lightning rod for critics and haters to redirect their frustration over this picture is utterly wrong. Katy has learned about cultural appropriation and has talked about it during her Witness era. Katy has gone thru a lot, Stop this. https://t.co/6kfTVO7s7J
— There it is, Jun🤡🎪 (@ResilientPerrys) August 31, 2020
Absolutely not a fucking soul.
Nary a person.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) August 30, 2020
Why did Adele cross the road? To say hello from the other side
— fivestar🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (@fivestargraficx) August 31, 2020
This week in dumb-fuckery — Americans took it upon themselves to collectively be outraged ON BEHALF of Jamaicans & Africans, because @Adele wore a Jamaican-flag bikini top & African Bantu Knots on her head.@Adele, thank you for representing the Bantu culture.
Love, Africans. pic.twitter.com/irquGEOvnJ
— Avi Christiaans (@Not_Opressed) August 31, 2020
there's a lot going on this year. pic.twitter.com/ei90rbCUuZ
— niki. (@nikimcgloster) August 30, 2020
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